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11 May 2012
3.34am
meanmistermustard
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Does anyone know which book is most accurate for what instruments are played on each beatles song and session details (more than just George Martin was the producer)?
At times Revolution in the Head is different to Lewisohn which is different to John C Winn (The Beatles Recorded Legacy volumes 1 + 2).

Thanks in advance for any help, even if the answer is there isnt one.

"Well, probably we'll sell less records, less people'll go to see the film, we'll write less songs, and we'll all die of failure" (John Lennon 8/64)
15 May 2012
12.50am
RevolvingPiggies
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"Recording the Beatles" by Kehew and Ryan is amazing. It's so accurate. It's a big book, comes with some stuff, but it's rather expensive. But it's really wonderful. It says so much.

I am very happy, and one reason is because I have The Beatles. Thank you!!!! <3 <3 <3 <3
15 May 2012
1.03am
meanmistermustard
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Its something i have been looking at but the price is top wack so i'd have to be 100% convinced before going for it. I think its $100 + p&p which will be around £65. What kind of things does it cover RP, i cant gather much from the samples apart from it looks very indepth – which is good.

"Well, probably we'll sell less records, less people'll go to see the film, we'll write less songs, and we'll all die of failure" (John Lennon 8/64)
15 May 2012
11.16am
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You've seemed very keen on obtaining definitive answers about who played what at which sessions recently, meanmistermustard- can I ask what's triggered this? It is a shame that there is no totally reliable guide.

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15 May 2012
6.05pm
meanmistermustard
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My brother wants to know who played what on what and when i took a closer look than simply reading Revolution In The Head it became apparhent that there have been small indiscrepancies between sources over the years. Also got the John C Winn books at Christmas which sparked an larger interest plus with Rock Band coming out more people are looking deeper into the recordings. Its fascinating to see how the songs developed and how much work went into a 2 1/2 minute song.

Most bands nowadays spend around the same amount of time as the beatles on tracks but there is a depth that they havent managed to achieve.

Its one of the factors that keeps the music so fresh. You can listen to a beatles song for the 5,000 time and hear something new. For instance on Ive Just Seen A Face Paul sang a double vocal on the chorus's however there is also faint doubling on some of the other words like the last 'met' of the song. If you listen closely you can hear it. I find it delightful finding these little things.

They included weird instruments and noises in the song that are only noticable when stripping the song back, and now due to Rock Band you can hear original guide vocals, chatter, unused guitars etc in there. It just gets silly at times that there are these songs that are held up as being some of the greatest music ever recorded and yet they were having a laugh recording it.

For many recording artists music has become so serious, so straight faced and humourless that the end product is either forced or lifeless.

"Well, probably we'll sell less records, less people'll go to see the film, we'll write less songs, and we'll all die of failure" (John Lennon 8/64)
16 May 2012
3.37pm
Ben Ramon
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http://wgo.signal11.org.uk/wgo.htm

I'm assuming you've already perused this (incredible) site? If not, then you'll be delighted to read through the list of all those little bits and bobs. I agree, it does add so much personality to the music when you find little mistakes or hear studio chatter and know they were just having fun and just people, yet making such awe-inspiring and influential songs.

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16 May 2012
5.14pm
meanmistermustard
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I'd forgot all about that place. Its great to sit down and read, tho you end up having to play the songs alongside and going mad. Thanks for the reminder, will bookmark the site for later.

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